Study in Hamburg
Hamburg is Germany’s second largest city and a European hotspot for science, innovation and education. Studying at GISMA’s Hamburg campus, you will be able to experience the city’s rich cultural life and entertainment options, as Hamburg features dozens of theatres, music venues, cinemas and museums to discover.
There is also a wealth of green areas around the city in case you feel like escaping the bustling city life for the day.
Hamburg is a modern and lively metropolis with an exciting art and music scene. You can explore dozens of different festivals, exhibitions and fairs taking place in the city all year round; as well as its museums and historic buildings to learn about the history of the region.
In addition, Hamburg is a hub for local and international companies alike, making it an ideal location for GISMA students. You will be perfectly located to start a stellar career in the business world, where you are sure to find plenty of opportunities following your studies with GISMA. Germany is the most popular option for international students looking to study in Europe. It is recognised for its high-quality education and you can experience this with GISMA.
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- Hamburg is the largest city in Northern Germany and the second largest city in the country after Berlin. It is located on the River Elbe and is home to one of the largest ports in Europe.
- The city is said to be one of the greenest in Germany, with several parks, conservation areas, lakes and forests.
- It also features a comprehensive public transport network, with buses, ferries, light rail trains and an underground network. The city’s various entertainment options include a wide range of bars, restaurants, pubs, museums and theatres.
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Your average monthly budget to cover living expenses in Hamburg should be between €850 and €1250. Your expenses should include rent, utilities, food, transport, clothing, leisure, study materials and tuition fees. You should carefully research and calculate how much you will spend every month before moving to Hamburg and plan your budget accordingly.
Here are the estimate costs of living as a student in Hamburg. This exciting city offers lower living costs than other larger cities like Berlin, the capital of Germany. Please note that these are average estimates only – your experiences may vary.
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*GISMA created this table for you to have a reference based on our experience and students feedback.
Hamburg features a variety of tourist attractions that you can’t miss:
- River Elbe and the Port of Hamburg: The river Elbe connects Hamburg to the North Sea and there are several boat and ferry tours you can embark on to explore the river all the way up to the port.
- Alster Lakes: The two artificial lakes, dubbed Inner Alster and Outer Alster, are among the most beautiful spots you can visit in Hamburg. In the summer, it is a popular location for water sports and sunbathing. In the winter, the water can freeze and become an ice skating rink for locals.
- Planten un Blomen park: This is one of the biggest parks in the centre of Hamburg, featuring the biggest Japanese garden in Germany and a historic botanic garden. It’s the perfect location for a stroll or a sunny picnic; in addition, the park frequently hosts nightly water and light concerts and musical performances.
- St Michael’s Church: The largest church in Hamburg is a beautiful baroque building that features a 132-meter high tower, offering a stunning view of the city from the top.
- Hamburg City Hal: The Rathaus, or City Hall, is a striking neo-renaissance building where Hamburg’s Parliament and Senate assemble. Completed in 1897, a large part of the Rathaus is open for public visitation with guided tours.
Hamburg hosts several exciting yearly events, including:
- Christmas markets: There are many Christmas markets around Hamburg from late November all the way up to Christmas. It’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy mulled wine and holiday foods, as well as browse for Christmas decorations and gifts.
- Hamburg DOM: The Hamburg DOM is the biggest public festival in Northern Germany and occurs three times a year. The fun fair features all kinds of rides, from carrousels to roller coasters, as well as food stalls offering sweets, snacks and traditional German dishes.
- Music festivals: The city organises several annual music festivals, including the Reeperbahn Festival, which showcases a multitude of concerts in all music genres. In addition, the Hurricane Festival takes place every summer in the vicinity of Hamburg and is one of Germany’s largest music festivals; and the ELBJAZZ festival brings jazz, blues and soul artists to the Port of Hamburg area.
- Oktoberfest: Hamburg offers Oktoberfest-themed events through September and October, offering visitors plenty of traditional German food, beer and music.